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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You leave the room for two minutes to go pee by yourself, and when you come back, some small, adorable child has turned your kitchen Tupperware cabinet into their own personal play space. (read more)
I can't even remember the number of times I had to pile everything back into the Tupperware cabinet, and that was on a good day!
On a bad day it was orange juice, a mostly full bottle of white wine, a gallon of milk, a full bag of corn starch, mayonnaise, and a busted open can of Pillsbury croissants.
Thankfully that didn't happen all at once. However, on the other side of that, I had to clean up ALL those messes one at a time.
Why it took me that long to find a good cabinet lock, I do not know. Call it "new parent hope". Like I really thought that if I was patient enough, calm enough, and explained to my 18 month old why it wasn't good for him to do this stuff, he'd listen.
Oh, silly, silly me.
The moment child number two started to crawl, I got child locks!
Before I got the locks I love, though, I got the locks I thought would work really good. They were expensive, they had to be installed, they put holes in all of my cabinets, and while they sort of worked, they didn't work well enough.
They were this sort of lock.
I'm not saying they were bad locks, not at all. Maybe we didn't install them correctly, maybe our kids were more dedicated than most. Either way, a couple of good yanks by my then two year old, and that cabinet was open, no problem.
What ended up happening was that I had to uninstall the locks, leaving holes (most of which were gaping because of the yanking that had been done), or I just disabled the locks and left them stuck in the cabinet doors (because I'm lazy).
Don't even get me started on the time the kids lost the magnetic key. Suffice to say there wasn't a magnet in the WHOLE house strong enough to open those locks.
Oh and I accidentally set one near my watch once and it screwed up the mechanism.
It's a strong magnet.
The idea is pretty much that the lock goes on the inside, you touch the magnet to it on the outside, the door opens, like so:
Yeah, I haven't used the lock in five years, but like I said, lazy. Also, the magnet is really strong, it's a great fridge magnet. No way I'm throwing that thing out.
After realizing these locks were no match for my kids, I decided on a different route.
It worked way better.
THE BEST CHILD PROOF